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Today's News

  • Grace rams Midway, 55-13

    About the only good thing that can be said about Midway's visit to Grace Christian Academy Friday night was that they may have found a good breakaway back that can score from long distance as junior Aaron Collins scored both Midway touchdowns in the 55-13 loss to the Rams.

  • Late score lifts Jackets past Panthers, 34-28

    It was one of those games that left Kingston Yellow Jacket football fans without any finger nails, but in the end all the nail-biting was worth it as Vic King's squad used a five-yard touchdown pass from Darren Mossing to Aaron Fielden with 1:04 left to play to give the Jackets a 34-28 victory at Stone Memorial.

  • Harriman rebounds at Greenback, 33-21

    One week after suffering a 41-12 loss at Wartburg, it was gut-check time for the Harriman Blue Devils and Travis Tapp's squad responded with an outstanding performance Friday night in knocking off No. 5 ranked Greenback on the road, 33-21.

  • How much do you really know about the Constitution?

    It’s Constitution Week.

    As much as this foundation for our nation’s freedom and way of life has been bandied about lately, we are shocked by how little many people really know about its history and its actual content.

    “We the people...” are words that define our government — our belief system — and our unique set of freedoms.

    These words have guided this country  through hard times and civil strife.

  • Kingston utility celebrates new 'bugs'

    Some new workers for the city of Kingston are receiving high praise from officials, but you won’t find their names on the payroll.

    In fact, you won’t find their names at all.

    “They’re bugs,” said City Manager Jim Pinkerton, who also oversees the sewage treatment plant. “I think they come from the food industry.”

  • Commission turns away road grant

    The Roane County Commission balked at the idea of committing $225,000 for a proposed road project.

    The resolution calling for such was voted down 13-2 at the Sept. 13 meeting.  

    Commissioners Bobby Collier, who submitted the resolution, and Steve Kelley were the only two commissioners to vote yes.    

    According to officials, the money would have been the county’s portion of a grant match for a feasibility study on the proposed Rose Crossing/Morrison Hill Crossing project.

  • Paranormal group joins Harriman event

    Temperence Town is embracing its dark side.

    The Hauntings of Historic Harriman ghost tour set for Oct. 8 and 9 is including Appalachian Paranormal Investigations in the mix this year.

    Paranormal Investigations, which is made up of Joshua Ooten, Chris Harder and Kevin King, will be available before the tour and the first hour of the tour to talk with tour participants.  

    This promises to be a “spirited” event with all new interpretations of true sightings and events along with some history of the town.  

  • Meeting to focus on Swan Pond's future

    County officials want to hear from Swan Pond residents.

    A meeting is scheduled at Swan Pond Baptist Church on Tuesday.

    Residents of the community are asked to address county officials on what they would like to see in their community when the TVA ash spill cleanup is done.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Swan Pond Baptist Church is at 987 Swan Pond Road.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Good things, indeed, can come from bad

    I’m a firm believer in acknowledging our problems. I believe ignoring things only allows them to fester or blow up.

    The good news is, serious concerns, when addressed, can turn into something really positive.

    Case in point: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Did you know that those soaring mountains we all hold dear were on the verge of ruin through logging and poor farm management?

    In the 1920s, people started reacting to the threat, and against the odds, the national park was born.

  • Smoother ride for Harriman motorists

    Harriman residents who have been going through a rough patch will soon have a smoother ride.

    Harriman Utility Board officials have said they are finishing utility work needed in the area of roadways that are scheduled to be paved this year.

    The gravel-filled patches that were left from the work are scheduled to be paved over.

    “They are at the end of their repairs and we’ll be ready to start,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.